On Lifetime’s ‘The Week the Women Went,’ the men and women of a small South Carolina town, Yemassee, abruptly find out what it’s like to live in a world without the opposite sex. Sounds scary, right? The social experiment turned reality show explores modern gender roles in this new unscripted series. Everyone wants to know how the males will handle their own families along with running businesses and just regular day-to-day life. It would seem that the men are really in for it, but surprisingly, the women aren’t exactly having the time of their lives during their getaway. Many of the females are homesick and sincerely worried about their families – so much that one mother, Misty, drops out after only two days of being away.
We had the opportunity to chat with mother and son cast members, Tammy and Justin Lane. This pair brings tons of drama to the show: much to his mother’s dismay, Justin, a 21-year-old fire chief, proposed to his girlfriend of three years, Amy, just before the women took off. Amy said “yes,” leaving Tammy disappointed in her son and his new fiancé. The women left for Florida before their differences were resolved, ensuring that these three participants are in for a rocky ride when they’re reunited.
Even though Justin is no longer a bachelor, he’s still a total mama’s boy. “It’s not that I don’t think Justin can take care of himself; it’s just more of a comfort for me,” Tammy explains. Justin lives at home and has everything done for him: Tammy does his laundry, puts food on the table and picks up after him. “I know things are done right, and I don’t have to worry about him. It’s a comforting thing, not a control thing.”
When it comes to Justin’s new fiancé, Tammy can’t help but be protective over him. Although it seems like she doesn’t approve of Amy, it’s the engagement in general that upsets her. She believes that 28 years old is the best age to get married. “He’s having the time of his life now, and he’s just way too young to get married,” she shares.
The seemingly overbearing mother adds, “Amy is fine. I would feel the same way about any woman who wanted to marry my son.”
While the women were away, Justin was not afraid to share that he missed both Amy and his mother in different ways. “I couldn’t last without my mom – she does a whole lot more for me than Amy does, and our relationship is just tighter,” he says.
Will Tammy give her blessing to Justin and Amy? Will the couple take moving out of their parents’ homes seriously? Will Justin be able to get by without his mother’s constant help? They all have a lot of figuring out to do, but Tammy boldly holds nothing back when she says, “I don’t know what’s going to happen if Justin and Amy move in together. I’ve been telling myself every day that it’s eventually going to happen, and when it does, I’ll give you a call from the emergency room.”
Watch what happens to the tight-knit community when the men realize that they’ll need to take on the female’s roles since their wives, mothers and fiancé’s will be vacationing in Florida for the week. ‘The Week the Women Went‘ airs on Tuesday’s on Lifetime at 10pm EST.